Yamba dominate surf boats

By MAX GODBEE

YAMBA'S outstanding run in the Woolgoolga Seaview Tavern North Coast Surf Boat Premiership Series continued on Saturday and Sunday at Coffs Harbour, with Yamba winning four of the six heats and placing second in each of the other two.

On Saturday, in an even surf, Yamba won the first two rows and then finished second in the third and it was similar results for each of the three Sunday rows, in a bigger surf.

The Tony Benfield-swept Minnie Water/Wooli crew finished second to Yamba in the pointscore both days and Wauchope/Bonny Hills captured third points on each occasion.

There are 10 rounds in the 2004/2005 Series overall with six now concluded.

The competition takes in all surf clubs within the four Northern Branches of Far North, North, Mid and Lower North Coasts.

Yamba, which has won the overall pointscore for the past two seasons, is already nicely placed for 2004/2005 honours having won rounds one and two at Yamba in November and followed with a win in round three at Tacking Point.

They then had to miss round four at that venue because of a surf carnival the same day in the Far North Coast Branch at Evans Head, in which they were required to compete.

The Yamba open crew, which also won Sunday's Open Dash For Cash race, has Rod McSkimming as sweep with Justin Stewart (stroke), Ray Wiblen, Steven Wiblen and Daniel Cowling the rowers.

In the other rowing divisions on Saturday and Sunday Woolgoolga won the reserves on day one and Minnie Water day two, Bonny Hills took out the Under-19s on both days.

Woolgoolga won the masters on day one, Minnie Water was successful on day two and in the women's division Coffs won Saturday and Scotts Head Sun- day.

Round seven and eight of the competition are set for January 22-23 at Urunga and the final two rounds will be decided during February at Wool- goolga Beach.

nPORTSEA, Victoria. ? A relieved Kristy Cameron rediscovered her zip to completely dominate round two of the Nutri-Grain ironwoman series here.

Cameron said she lacked motivation going into round one on the Gold Coast.



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